The Intercontinental Cup cricket tie between Zimbabwe XI and Ireland final ended in a draw after the close of the fourth day on a flat wicket at Harare Sports Club Thursday.
Ireland were on 154 for four after 26 overs in their second innings at close and 26 runs ahead of Zimbabwe XI who had posted an imposing 590 all out in their first innings.
Zimbabwe XI added a further 96 runs to the overnight total of 506 in 173, 2 overs which secured a first innings lead and six points on the log standings.
The six points for the first innings lead after Ireland only managed 465 in 134,5 overs in their first innings and a further three for the draw ensured that Ireland’s three year reign as the Intercontinental champions ended.
Zimbabwe XI skipper Vusimuzi Sibanda commended Sean Williams and Keith Dabengwa for their good batting performances.
“It was a good result for the team after such a good batting display. The guys really kept on working hard even when it looked obvious that the game was headed for a draw.
“It shows that local cricket is on the rise as gone are the days when people used to expect runs to come for the top order batsmen only as all the guys chipped in with some important runs.”
Sibanda’s opposite number William Porterfield said his team had failed to make an impact because of the flat wicket which offered very little for the bowlers.
“It was a pretty flat wicket but Zimbabwe also played very well but it would have been different if we had managed to pick up a few wickets earlier on. However it was a fair result for both teams although we are disappointed that we didn’t manage to grab the first innings lead.”